A Christmas party is almost inevitable. The holiday season is a busy time of year for many households. Keep these safety tips for christmas party in mind when putting up decorations and bringing friends and family together to celebrate:
Making your mental health a focus
Try to adhere to the everyday habits of your kid, including sleep cycles and naps to alleviate stress so that your family can celebrate the holidays better.
Take care both emotionally and physically. Children are influenced by their parents or caregivers’ emotional well-being. They will also learn how to deal with stress effectively by watching how you handle stress.
Create a schedule to concentrate on one thing at a time, like get-togethers for shopping, cooking, and family. Stop and pay attention to what is going on at the moment, concentrate your attention on one thing and remember how you feel at the moment. Withhold instant judgment, and be curious about the experience instead.
Give to others and make it an annual holiday tradition to share time and talent with individuals who have less than you do. For example, if your child is old enough invite him or her to join you in volunteering at your local food bank or shelter to deliver a holiday meal or sing at a local nursing home. Please help your child write a letter to members of the Armed Forces deployed overseas who during the holidays can’t be home with their families.
Note that during the holidays, many children and adults feel a sense of loss, sorrow, or loneliness. It is essential to be sensitive to these emotions and if necessary, seek help for you, your kids, family members or friends.
Don’t feel obligated to overspend on a gift. Consider getting one or two gifts. Help your child make a present for other parents, grandparents, or other significant friends and adults. The chances are that those gifts will be the most treasured ones and will impart many valuable lessons to your child.
Most essential of all, enjoy the holidays with your family for what they are. Do things like sledding or playing board games together and spend time with family, neighbors, and friends.
Tree safety during a Christmas party
Think carefully about where your tree has been set up. Please keep it away from radiators, fireplaces, or portable heaters. Don’t block any exits. If you want to acquire an artificial tree, make sure that it has a “Fire Resistant” label. Please make sure the live tree is fresh. How to know:
- A fresh tree is green
- Branches are challenging to pull from fresh needles.
- The needles do not split when twisted between your fingertips.
- A new tree trunk is sticky with resin.
- The tree does not lose multiple needles when tapped on the ground.
- Cut around two inches off the trunk of your tree to show the fresh wood. This makes it easier to absorb better water and helps to prevent your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
- Keep the stand full of water. It will dry up easily in the dry, heated air.
- Make sure that the stand has wide legs for stability.
Safety with holiday lights during a Christmas party
- Use lights labelled as “safety-tested” by an authorized testing laboratory.
- Search for scratched up or exposed wires on all electric lights. Make sure that no furniture is pinched by wires and no cables run underneath the rugs.
- Check labels before using lights outdoors to make sure they have been approved for outdoor use. String them using hooks or insulated clips to keep the lights in place. Never remove lights by pulling or tugging them.
- Plug all external electric decorations into circuits with ground fault interrupters (GFCI) in order to prevent possible shocks.
- Use not more than three sets of standard size lights per single extension cord.
- Inspect all the tree lights before putting them on your tree, even if you just bought them. Ensure all the bulbs are working and that no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections are visible.
- Do not place lights on your artificial tree if it is metallic, as they can cause a fire hazard and increase the risk of electrocution.
- Make sure that your lights are out of reach of little kids who might want to put them in their mouths. Wash your hands after handling lights because some light strands can contain lead in the bulb sockets and wire coating, often in high quantities. Lead-based products are dangerous to kids.
- Keep the children away from the bubbling lights. These lights may tempt curious kids with their vibrant colours and bubbling motion to smash the candle-shaped glass, which can cut them. Children can also attempt to drink a liquid that contains a hazardous chemical.
Safety with other decorations
- Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant products for trimming a tree.
- Pick plastic or non-leaded metal tinsel or artificial glazes.
- In homes with small children, pay special attention to:
- Avoid ornaments that are sharp or fragile.
- Keep trimmings with small removable bits out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or coughing on little bits.
- Keep candy-like trimmings or food that can tempt a young child to eat them.
- Keep potentially venomous holiday plant decorations, including mistletoe berries, Jerusalem cherry, and holly berry away from infants.
- Wear gloves while decorating “angel hair” with spun glass to prevent skin and eye irritation.
- Artificial snow sprays will irritate the lungs if breathed in. Read bottle labels and follow instructions carefully to prevent injuries. Switch off all the lights before going to bed or leaving home.
Candle safety during a Christmas party
- Don’t ever use lighted candles on a tree or around other evergreens
- Often use holders that are not flammable and put candles where they can not be knocked over.
- Keep the candles away from other wrapping paper as well as decorations.
Fireplace safety during a Christmas party
- Use a durable fireplace projector to stop sparks from igniting newspapers, carpeting, curtains and upholstery.
- Keep kids and others away with a curtain or gate if a glass-fronted fireplace is used. The glass doors may get hot enough to cause extreme burns, and even after the fire is out, they remain hot.
- Use the fireplace only when you’re awake and at home. Put out the flames before you leave your home or go to bed.
- Remove all greens, leaves, paper and other decorations from the fireplace area before starting any fire. Inspect to see if the chimney is open.
- Be careful with “fire salts,” which create coloured flames when thrown on wood fires. They include heavy metals that if ingested, can cause severe gastrointestinal discomfort and vomiting. Keep them away from infants.
- Do not burn dried greenery or wrapping paper in the fireplace. A flash fire and flying sparks may result in sudden combustion and intensive burning of wrapping paper or dry green grass.
Extra fire safety tips
- Make sure you put matches, lighters, and candles out of children’s reach.
- Be on the lookout for spots of danger near fireplaces, trees, and electrical connections.
- Speak to your kids about the risks that all of these fire hazards present.
- Avoid wearing flowing clothes, particularly with sleeves that are long and loose. They may catch fire when close to the stove, fireplace or candles.
- Mount smoke detectors one for each level of your house; outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom.
- Create a plan for the fire escape and practice it. Please ensure every member of the family understands what to do. You can watch a youtube video to help you build a fire protection plan.
Safety with Wrapping paper
- Remove all wrapper, bags, paper, ribbons, and bows from the tree and fireplace after presents are opened. These objects can cause a small child to suffocate and if close to a flame, can cause a fire.
Food security during a Christmas party
- Keep hot liquids and food away from the edge of counters as well as tables where they can be easily pushed over.
- Do not leave a holiday spread out all day long on the table. Foods that need refrigeration shouldn’t be left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
- Alcoholic beverages, especially colourful or fruity-looking drinks, may entice the kids. Be sure to closely track individual beverages, punch cups, or other alcohol containers.
- Remember to always eat healthy. Keep nutritious snacks on hand or carry with you a fruit or vegetable tray for a passing plate. Getting some special treats during the holidays is fair, but aim to celebrate for the day, not the whole month. Make sure to return to eating healthy the next day.
Ensure you tidy up your place immediately after the holiday party. A toddler may get up early and choke leftover food or come into contact with alcohol or tobacco. Note that there might be no childproofing in the homes. Keep an eye out for areas of threat, such as stairs, open fires, hot food or liquids, and dangers of choking.
Ensure that drugs are appropriately kept in an environment that your child doesn’t have any access to. Clean your hands regularly, and avoid direct contact with people who are likely to have colds or other diseases. Consider carrying hand sanitizer to help keep your family from falling ill. Keep your family safe as you plan a Christmas party.